12 years a convict: Wrongfully arrested man set free

12 years a convict: Wrongfully arrested man set free

- Lefu Jantjie Bakane was wrongfully sentenced to jail

- His case should never have reached the court room

- He was beaten and arrested simply for wearing a jacket and woolen cap

A man whose life was stolen from him when he was wrongfully accused of murder and sentenced to prison has been released. The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein struck all of Lefu Jantjie Bakane's charges on Tuesday.

Briefly.co.za discovered that Justice Baratang Connie Mocumie said in her ruling that the appeal brought before the Supreme Court of Appeal is upheld and the charges and sentence against Bakane is set aside.

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He was arrested on 23 June 2004 after a man was found dead in a house in Pretoria. This incident led to Bakane's arrest according to news24.com.

He was forced to sign documents that he had not read and was told that his employer, who could corroborate his alibi had relocated.

The SCA found that the police had not had enough evidence to suspect Bakane of the crime and that the court case in which he was convicted should have taken this into account.

Bakane was assaulted y the police and his constitutional rights violated. There was no effort made to link Bakane to any of the items which were stolen from the house. The only reason he was arrested was that he was wearing a jacket and woolen cap at the time.

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The judge was concerned that the case should never have reached the courtroom and that injustices perpetrated on Bakane are still happening to other innocent victims.

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